Despite being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Jay Hewitt pushes his body to its limits.
As an Ironman triathlete and member of the U.S. National Triathlon Team, Hewitt is living proof that an active lifestyle is possible for those with diabetes and helps keep the disease under control.
On June 6, Dean Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital and the American Diabetes Association invite residents to listen to Hewitt tell the inspirational story of how he became the first athlete with type 1 diabetes to qualify for the U.S. National Triathlon Team. He'll also discuss how he learned to manage his disease and become a world class competitor, both of which he said require discipline and proper nutrition.
"I respect my diabetes, but I will not surrender to it,” Hewitt said.
Organizers said the event is free and open to the public.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Mary's Hospital Conference Center, Bay 1.
This event is presented by Novo Nordisk.